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SEP 2017

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36 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2017 TRAIN TO WIN Bring the best in law enforcement training to your agency: Winning is much more than surviving conflict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Nancy Fatura & team. CLASSES: The Winning Mind The Winning Mind for Women Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers The Winning Edge (NEW 2-day class) Developing Successful Staff Skills (630) 399-1645 or illegal commands by an officer. When speaking with any criminal-minded an- archic Antifa adherent, always assume that you are being recorded and know that even your most benign statement may be edited and manipulated against you. e more tactically minded Antifa members will often bait officers into making emo- tionally charged statements with con- freeinfo.policemag.com/750356 frontational and cantankerous interactions that they will cap- ture on video. Antifa subjects will often be students of search-and- seizure laws, so agencies must ensure that officers clearly un- derstand Fourth Amendment dictums. Law enforcement of- ficers monitoring these volatile protests should also be experts in their local city ordinances, which regulate demonstrators' limita- tions and rules. For instance, in many metropolitan areas, local ordinances dic- tate the maximum size of protest signs, the use of amplified sound, and the wear- ing of facial coverings during demonstra- tions. If you are aware of such ordinances in your jurisdiction you can use them to legally remove anarchic Antifa groups from the situation on minor infractions. Such a simple, proactive measure can of- ten turn the tide back in the direction of civility and order. Perhaps most importantly, police agen- cies should plan ahead. Agencies should know who may attend these unstable pro- tests so they can somewhat predict chal- lenges before they present themselves. Written tactical plans should dictate law enforcement security force deployment, police video surveillance plans, contin- gency procedures, and plans for medical emergencies, should they arise. Delineat- ed protest zones and separate cordoned areas for counter-protestors should be clearly defined. Protestors and counter-protestors both have the right to demonstrate and voice their beliefs, but agencies should be cau- tioned about placing these groups too closely to one another. It is important to remember that while the First Amend- ment protects free speech and assembly, it also mandates that the assembly be peaceable. Not all speech and not every public assembly is constitutionally pro- tected. Public speech that is likely to incite imminent violent reaction is not legal. Subversive, criminally intentioned An- tifa is a new form of challenge for Ameri- can police departments when monitoring and providing security for the appropri- ate, legal exercise of citizens' First Amend- ment right to free speech and peaceable assembly during protests and demonstra- tions. But with exhaustive preplanning and adequate event-specific training pri- or to volatile public demonstrations, offi- cers can safely and competently face and manage encounters with Antifa. Kory Flowers is an 18-year sergeant with the Greensboro (NC) Police Department who has extensive investigative and under- cover experience tracking criminal subver- sive groups, including anarchists, white su- premacists, and sovereign citizens. Flowers trains law enforcement officers nationwide on various extremist groups and criminal factions, and has written articles and con- ducted interviews and podcasts for publi- cations including POLICE Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the South- ern Poverty Law Center, and National Public Radio. Inside the Antifa Movement Antifa comes to protests prepared for violence with clubs and other weapons and protective gear such as helmets and shields. PHOTO: KORY FLOWERS

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